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kitty cat pulls prank on monks

catpawsSometime in the year 1445 (probably), a cat stepped in black ink and made paw prints in this Croatian manuscript. I wonder what the scribe (likely a monk) said when he (likely a he) found these marks. My guess is that it involved a few swear words. Thanks, Ross Gresham!

October 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

check out this therapy dog — literally!

cooper The Countway Library of Harvard Medical School lends out a therapy dog named Cooper to those with the proper ID. From the library catalog record for Cooper: “1 dog (Shih Tzu) : dark brown, ash, and white hair, 15 lbs. ; 39 cm long. Notes: Should you have a good cry or even feign a whimper near Coop, you are guaranteed to get lots of kisses.”

catsMeanwhile, at the Kennedy Library of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, cats are sometimes made available as a stressbusting treat.

Thanks, Joan Petit!

March 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Russian library cat wears bow tie, is cute

enhanced-buzz-16370-1379440241-0As Ryan Broderick of Buzzfeed puts it: “Oh My God, There’s A Cat In Russia That Wears A Bow Tie And Works As A Librarian. The world is a beautiful place.”

Thanks, Kathleen Kirk (and others, but Kathleen was first).

September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

museum shenanigans of the 1920s

Palmer animals prank 1929

Palmer animals prank 1922 a

Palmer animals prank 1922 b

Palmer animals prank 1922 c

Palmer animals prank 1922 d

Okay, so this isn’t precisely a library shenanigan, but it’s close enough, I think — people tend to elide museums and libraries.

On May 10, 1922, Colorado College students removed taxidermied animals from the college museum in Palmer Hall and placed them all over campus. This shenanigan was apparently in protest of then-president of the college, Clyde Duniway, whose policies were unpopular with students: he limited the times when men could visit women’s dormitories; strictly enforced chapel attendance; and fired a football coach for using profanity on the field. 350 students (about half the total enrollment) signed a petition complaining about Duniway, to no avail. The animals prank was one of several that spring: students also released hydrogen sulfide in one classroom building and somehow got a live cow up to the second floor of another.

In January of 1929, CC students again placed the museum animals around campus, this time to protest the firing of the editor of the student newspaper.

Source: J. Juan Reid, Colorado College: The First Century (1979), chapter V, “Controversy and Student Unrest.”

May 1, 2013 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Keep the door closed due to bats

batsMental Floss provides “9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries.” Thanks, Steven Kotok!

February 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

library cat shenanigans

I’m sure these library cats are models of good behavior and never ever do any shenanigans. Thanks, Dina Wood!

July 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Biblioburro donkey library in Colombia

Biblioburro is a traveling library in Colombia set up by Luis Soriano in 1990. You can read the CNN article from 2010, a NYT article from 2008, the Wikipedia entry, or a children’s book. Or maybe you’d like to watch a YouTube videoPBS will broadcast a program on it tonight (July 19). Thanks, Dina Wood!

July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

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